January 2012


My Bucket List

The new year is often a time for making resolutions. It marks a time that lends itself to starting over or beginning a new project or changing a pattern of behavior. If...




Northwest Mission Institute Director Selected

The North Pacific Union Conference (NPUC) executive committee, in its November 13 meeting, voted to approve Jason Worf (...


Take a Look at Digma.com

Light Bearers Ministries, based in Jasper, Oregon, is continuing to add provocative video content to its digma.com website. Here are three of the latest short videos,...



Block of Salt: Profiles in Ethics A Quaker Oats Story

Editor's Note: During 2012, the GLEANER will feature examples of people, past or present, who acted as 'Salt in Their Communities.'

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Caravana de la Vida

Más de tres mil personas, 27 iglesias, 229 bautismos, tres localidades, José Rojas, Evidence, Forgiven, Hugo Yin. ¿Qué es? La Caravana de la Vida. Hace un año, comenzó...



Adventist Health Teams Up with Committed Puts Focus on Giving Thanks

It's a Portland, Ore., Thanksgiving tradition: Each year Adventist Health in Portland holds a special event for the community as a way of saying thanks for the faith the community has placed in them... More

Bible-study Enrollment Cards Come Rolling In

The Alaska Conference, in partnership with the Voice of Prophecy and the Adventist Media Center, launched an initiative to reach all Alaskans with Bible-study requests. The enrollment card mailings... More

Wrangell Community Benefits from 'Bear Basics'

Adventist Community Services (ACS) of Alaska and the Wrangell (Alaska) Church opened the state's first ACS thrift shop, Bear Basics, on Sept. 28, 2011. It began with a ribbon-cutting ceremony... More

Roosenberg Presents in Emmett

The Emmett, Idaho, congregation recently completed a seminar on Islam and Christianity in Bible Prophecy as presented by speaker and author Tim Roosenberg.There were 10 evening presentations with... More

Weiser Fiddle Fest Outreach Encourages Healthy Habits for a Longer Life

Huddles of teens approached the Your Health Age booth and asked to take the test during the annual National Old-time Fiddlers' Contest and Festival in small-town Weiser, Idaho. Church members handed... More

Cyclists Ride for Let's Move Day

The Enterprise (Ore.) Church held a 50-mile bicycle ride from Joseph, Ore., to the Hells Canyon Overlook on Sept. 25, 2011, to provide local support for the national Let's Move Day and Adventists... More

Reaching Out by Sharing a Better Way to Live

“I want my husband to live longer!” was the response from the wife of one of my patients. “I was so excited about the movie Forks Over Knives that I went on their website and purchased the DVD and a... More

Women of Faith Road Trip Women's Ministry in a Small Town

A small group of women packed up and made the eight-hour trip from Garden Valley, Idaho, to Portland, Ore., to enjoy a weekend filled with music, teaching and praising Christ at the Women of Faith... More

'Fire Fall Down' Mount Ellis Academy Students Speak for Week of Prayer

Seven students shared their stories for Student Week of Prayer at Mount Ellis Academy (MEA) this year. The speakers used the powerful phrases of a familiar song, Fire Fall Down by Hillsong United,... More

Kalispell Fair Booth Presents Evangelism, Health and Education

The Kalispell (Mont.) Church represented Jesus and the North Pacific Union Conference this year at the 2011 Northwest Montana Fair by hosting a booth that promoted health, education, Christianity and... More

Montana Men's Summit Weekend

The Bear Canyon Ski Lodge was the gathering site for men from all around Montana and several from Idaho for the ninth annual Montana Men's Summit held, as always, on the last weekend of September.... More

Mount Ellis Senior Class Play Brings Little Women to Life

This year's Mount Ellis Academy (Bozeman, Mont.) senior class play, directed by Anita Strawn de Ojeda, English teacher, was Little Women, a story centered around the life of a family of four... More

Committed Visits PAA

Portland (Ore.) Adventist Academy (PAA) hosted Committed, an Adventist a capella singing group and winners of season two of NBC's The Sing Off, in a concert for more than 800 teachers and students... More

Whipple Creek Church Welcomes New Pastor

The Whipple Creek Church (Ridgefield, Wash.), welcomed their new pastor, Ed Nelson, from Grants Pass, Ore., where he was the associate/youth pastor for the past eight years.Called from a career in... More

Oregon Christian Women's Retreat Celebrates 25 Years

The Columbia River Gorge's Skamania Lodge welcomed 240 women Oct. 14–16 to the 25th–annual Oregon Christian Women's Retreat, which included general sessions, breakout sessions on various topics, an... More

University Student Baptized Jessica Finds a Church Family

Jessica McIntosh was baptized into the Falls City (Ore.) Church by Doug Clayville, pastor, on Nov. 12, 2011.A senior at Western Oregon State University, McIntosh began attending the Falls City Church... More

Fall Festival at Mid-Columbia Adventist Christian School

Mid-Columbia Adventist Christian School (Hood River, Ore.) teachers welcomed former and current students, friends, relatives, church members and the community to the annual Fall Festival on Nov. 5,... More

Never Too Old for a Motorcycle Ride

Cecelia Chang, a 99-year-old member of the Kelso-Longview (Wash.) Church, had never had the opportunity to ride a bicycle or motorcycle. She just didn't have time when raising her family — that was,... More

A Caravan of Life

A caravan moved through northwestern Oregon Nov. 4–12, 2011. It was a Caravan of Life!Also known as Caravana de la Vida, this Spanish-language event featured José Rojas as speaker and, to date, has... More

Kettle Falls Racks Up Miles for Let's Move Day

When the North American Division (NAD) joined Michelle Obama's crusade against childhood obesity by setting aside Sept. 25, 2011, as Let's Move Day, the Kettle Falls (Wash.) Church joined the fight.... More

Serving Those Who Have Served TCJA Reaches Out to Veterans in the Community

Tri-City Junior Academy (TCJA) Home and School served up the seventh-annual Veteran's Day Breakfast bright and early on Nov. 11, 2011, for those who have served our country. With donations from... More

UCA Hosts Tech Fair Students Enjoy Hands-on Activities

The Upper Columbia Academy (UCA) welcomed 162 guests from 13 schools for the biannual Tech Fair. Visitors had a chance to participate in workshops, many of which highlighted classes that UCA offers... More

Kettle Falls Discover Bible School

"When the Kettle Falls (Wash.) Church decided to start a Discover Bible School in October, 2005; almost all the members signed up to help with great anticipation.Thousands of enrollment cards mailed... More

It's Worth It Say Positive Life Radio Supporters

Despite hard financial times, Positive Life Radio listeners from all over the urban and rural areas of Upper Columbia Conference called in during the September Sharathon to show their support to the... More

Two Girls Baptized at Project PATCH Family Center in Goldendale

The Project PATCH Family Conference Center on the former Tupper property in Goldendale, Wash., is nestled in the trees in a gorgeous area with a waterfall and picnic area that is unrivaled. Lydia... More

WWU Education Graduates Top List Recent Study Shows WWU's Effectiveness

A recently released study has pointed to Walla Walla University's (WWU's) education alumni as the most effective reading teachers in the state of Washington. As a group, the students of WWU education... More

BOX: Reach Washington by the Numbers

1,100,000 fliers printed;1,050,000 fliers mailed (60 percent of homes in the territory received a mailed invitation);50,000 personal invitation cards;35,000 door hangers;98 30-second TV spots on CBS... More

Russian Evangelism Sees Ripple Effect

Russian-speaking churches and groups of the Puget Sound area joined forces as part of the Reach Washington initiative and experienced rich blessings.Preparation for the event began when each... More

PSAA Honor Society Members Light the Night

National Honor Society members of Puget Sound Adventist Academy (PSAA) in Kirkland, Wash., participated in the annual Leukemia & Lymphoma Society's Light the Night Walk in September 2011.PSAA's... More

BOX: The Big Picture of Ministry

Washington Conference churches interacted with the community during the holidays through dramas, nativities, concerts and more. Read these stories online.Discover Morewashingtonconference.org

Buena Vista Establishes Korean School Sisterhood

Buena Vista Elementary Adventist School (Auburn, Wash.) recently linked friendship across the Pacific Ocean to officially become a sister school with Youngnam Sahmyook Academy in GyeongSan, South... More

Conference Plans Technology Webinars

Twenty Washington Conference pastors joined a teleconference in mid-November 2011 to begin a conversation on "Technology in Worship.""In talking with churches, we got a sense that more churches want... More

God Alters Africa Mission-trip Plans

Thirty SAGE Senior volunteers traveled to Zambia, Africa, in October 2011 to build the Jan Griffone Memorial School in Livingstone.God had other plans.Mission-trip plans changed with two travel... More